Amongst speaking at some local schools, and the daily grind of preparing new workshops, programs, and conferences, a highlight of the week included when our team drove out to Barry’s Bay (about 3 hours from Ottawa) to speak at Madawaska Valley District High School. We spoke to the entire school population (about 500 students), engaging them in a dialogue about homophobic and transphobic bullying. For many, it was the first time to talk about it. One student told us: “I had no idea what is was like to be ‘like that’. I truly respect you for sharing your story and will watch what I say”.
The school has invited us back to continue the dialogue (with both teacher & student workshops), and support the newly formed diversity club.
We also welcomed 5 new volunteers who are working on a new research study looking at the interection of homophobia and sexism.
The team also got to speak to medical student at the University of Ottawa. The group engaged in a workshop about homophobia and transphobia towards patients, and amongst other medical professionals, and what they could do to better understand and make things better.
Our team also met with the team at Longfeilds Davidson Height in Barrhaven to talk about the Middle School Dare to Stand Out Conference. The focus will be on media, and the program hopes to reach over 1000 students over 2 days. Stay tunned for details!